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The Online Learning Link includes important information and announcements about Online Teaching & Learning and Blackboard at Chabot College.   

Online Teaching Conference: View webcasts online! Online Teaching Conferece

The 2015 Online Teaching Conference (OTC)  will be held June 17-19 at the San Diego Convention Center. This conference focuses on faculty, staff, and administrators who are engaged or interested in online education. Keynote speakers include Pat James, Executive Director of the Online Education Initiative and Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill of MindWires Consulting.

Unable to attend the conference in person? Several of the keynote speaker presentations and concurrent sessions will be available live on the 3CMedia webpage for OTC webcasts.

Webcast Schedule, Thursday, June 18

9:00 - 9:15am Welcome and Announcements
9:15 - 10:15 am Keynote I
10:45 - 11:45 am Keynote II
1:00 - 2:00 pm Concurrent Session I
2:15 - 3:15 pm Concurrent Session II
3:45 - 4:45 pm Concurrent Session III

Webcast Schedule, Friday, June 19

9:00 - 9:15am Welcome and Announcements
9:15 - 10:15 am Keynote III
10:45 - 11:45 pm Concurrent Session IV
1:00 - 2:00 pm Concurrent Session V


Online Education Initiative (OEI) Updates

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) is focused on making online learning opportunities better and more accessible to students. The project is centered around the idea of helping students complete their educational goals in a timely manner.

The contract with the Canvas vendor Instructure is currently being finalized. While the pilot colleges will be the first to have the opportunity to adopt Canvas, the OEI hopes to increase implementation at community colleges over the next year and beyond. More information about the Canvas roll-out will be sent out in the coming months and available at a resource site at https://ccconlineed.instructure.com/courses/90.

Progress has also been made on the online Course Exchange, which allows students of any community college to enroll in classes offered from participating colleges. A recent "Reciprocity Summit" held by the OEI for admissions and records, financial aid and enrollment management staff from the eight full-launch pilot colleges produced initial agreements and business procedures for the online course exchange. Next, the OEI team will create registration methods for students to use to enroll in exchange courses. According to a recent project update from OEI Executive Director Pat James, the "goal is to give students access to courses they cannot get locally, and thereby increase their ability to complete their educational goals. This access may include adding sections of “bottleneck” courses, sharing sections of hard-to-fill capstone courses and even extending degree patterns across colleges through a large consortium."

The OEI is also creating resources for both students and faculty to use regardless of the course management system used at the college. A course design rubric is in the process of being designed and peer review trainings are occurring throughout the upcoming academic year. @One is also releasing a new online teaching course this summer to aid in the availability of the resources developed through the OEI.

Highlights from theCOOL

The Committee On Online Learning (COOL) has completed course proposal reviews for Spring 2015. It has been another busy year, as the COOL has reviewed a total of 43 proposals, with 32% of those being hybrids, using our newly reformatted Online / Hybrid Course Proposal Form. The approved proposals include the subject areas such as Electrical Systems, Computer Networking Technology, Anthropology, Business, English, Geography, Kinesiology, and Political Science. Instructors new to online teaching will also need to complete a course demonstration during the Fall 2015 semester.

Looking to teach an online or hybrid course for Spring 2016? Get a head start by reading up on the Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Process as detailed on the COOL website.

Volume 27, Summer 2015

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Blackboard Tips

Blackboard System Update

Our Blackboard system will undergo a minor update to the April 2014 Cumulative Update 4 release and to update existing Building Blocks on Tuesday, June 9th from 2:00am-6:00am. During this time, the Blackboard server will be completely unavailable. While this update does not add functions, it includes the resolution of a handful of issues, including the ability to login to your YouTube account by way of the "Video Everywhere" video tool. 

Summer & Fall Blackboard Sites:

Chabot instructors can use Blackboard for on-campus, hybrid, or online courses. You can request your summer & fall Blackboard sites at any time by logging into CLASS-Web, click on the Menu for Faculty Staff & Advisors, scroll down to the Blackboard Course Site Request link, and get started by selecting the semester and campus. Click here for detailed instructions.

Once your course sites have been setup and appear in Blackboard, you can use the Course Copy tool to copy over your content from a previous site (view steps on how to use the Course Copy tool). This can be done at any point after sites are in Blackboard, but we recommend that you do it early and only one time (to avoid repeated items).

Please note: Students are uploaded to the Blackboard system about a week prior to the start of the term. And in order for students to be able to access your Blackboard site, you will need to make the site Available.

Embedding a YouTube Video: Mashup Workaround

There is a current known issue in which searching for YouTube videos using the "YouTube Mashup" tool in Blackboard yields a "device support" error message. Until there is a fix to this problem, faculty will need to use the Web Link option or embed the video within the Content Editor. Embedding the video allows the display of the video preview image. The latter method involves copying the embed link from YouTube and then pasting it into HTML Code View (see screenshot of the icon below) in the content editor. How to embed a YouTube video in Blackboard.

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The Online Learning Link is a publication by the Chabot College Online Learning Staff
Minta Winsor, Distance Education Coordinator
Lisa Ulibarri, Instructional Designer/Developer


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View previous editions of the Online Learning Link at:   http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/newsletter/default_conv.asp

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